Kennedia nigrican

Kennedia nigricans

A vigorous climber or trailing plant endemic to Western Australia with large green leaves and black and yellow flowers in spring and summer. It can get to be 20 feet and spread over an area of 12 feet

The goth flowers are often described as parrot’s beaks and are born in clusters and each blossom is about 1 1/2″ long. Those cluster were rather small this year, but this was its first year in the ground and flowering.

Pronunciation: ken-NEE-dee-uh ny-grih-kans

Species Meaning: Black

Kennedia nigricans is native to Western Australia.

Cultivation Notes

Prefers well-drained soils with a mulched root system in full sun or partial shade. Foliage damaged by moderate frost but foliage will return in spring. Pruning extends the life of the plant.

Initially, it appeared that the winter of 2022 had killed the plant as the temps dropped to around 22F. However, in September, I noticed something shooting quite some ways away from where it had been planted, and I am pretty sure that the Kennedia is sprouting from its root system. This would imply that it is also possibly to propagate it from root cuttings.

Propagation Notes

Propagates from seed easily.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P19075

Found in Portal,

Climbing from the left side of the portal when looking towards the road.

We acquired this plant from Ole Lantana Seeds.

Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Kennedia

Species: nigricans

Commonly known as: Black Coral Pea

Height: 10ft to 15ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Nutrient Poor Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn9b - down to 25F

Resistant to Deer.

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